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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jun 13, 2011 1:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Night Shadows A.K.A. Mutant

There has been some discussion that the movie Night Shadows A.K.A. Mutant is not Public Domain. The movie, http://www.archive.org/details/Mutant1984AkaNightShadows , was made in 1984 and has what appears to be a valid copyright notice, however, I could not find a registration for the movie, only many registrations for the Screenplay.

These are the registrations I've found:

Type of Work: Dramatic Work and Music; or Choreography

Registration Number / Date:
PAu000696534 / 1984-09-07

Application Title: Night shadows.

Title: Fright night.

Description: 122 p.

Notes: Screenplay.

Copyright Claimant:
Thomas Lee Holland

Date of Creation: 1984

Authorship on Application:
T. H. Productions, Inc., employer for hire.

Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Holland, Thomas Lee
T.H. Productions, Inc.

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Type of Work: Text

Registration Number / Date:
TX0001560414 / 1985-04-15

Title: Night shadows : a.k.a., Mutant : screenplay / by Peter Z.
Orton and Michael Jones and John C. Kruize.

Description: 1 v.

Copyright Claimant:
Laurelwood Productions, Inc.

Date of Creation: 1983

Date of Publication:
1983-07-01

Authorship on Application:
script: Laurelwood Productions, Inc., employer for hire.

Other Title: Mutant

Names: Orton, Peter Z.
Jones, Michael
Kruize, John C.
Laurelwood Productions, Inc.

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Type of Work: Recorded Document

Document Number: V2032P280

Date of Recordation:
1983-11-16

Entire Copyright Document:
V2032P280-289

Date of Execution: 12Jul83; 12Oct83

Title: Night shadows; motion picture photoplay.

Notes: Security agreement.

Party 1: Laurelwood Productions, Inc.

Party 2: Screen Actors Guild.

Names: Laurelwood Productions, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild

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Type of Work: Recorded Document

Document Number: V2077P124

Date of Recordation:
1984-11-08

Entire Copyright Document:
V2077P124 (Single page document)

Date of Execution: 31Jul84

Title: Night shadows; screenplay / By Tom Holland.

Notes: Short form option agreement.

Party 1: T. H. Productions, Inc.

Party 2: Vista Films Corporation.

Names: T.H. Productions, Inc.
Vista Films Corporation

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Type of Work: Recorded Document

Document Number: V2086P235

Date of Recordation:
1985-02-14

Entire Copyright Document:
V2086P235 (Single page document)

Date of Execution: 31Oct84; 19Dec84; as of 31Oct84

Title: Night shadows; screenplay / By Tom Holland.

Notes: Assignment.

Party 1: Vista Films Corporation.

Party 2: Columbia Pictures, a division of Columbia Pictures
Industries, Inc.

Names: Vista Films Corporation.
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Columbia Pictures

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Type of Work: Recorded Document

Document Number: V2032P280

Date of Recordation:
1983-11-16

Entire Copyright Document:
V2032P280-289

Date of Execution: 12Jul83; 12Oct83

Title: Night shadows; motion picture photoplay.

Notes: Security agreement.

Party 1: Laurelwood Productions, Inc.

Party 2: Screen Actors Guild.

Names: Laurelwood Productions, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild

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Type of Work: Dramatic Work and Music; or Choreography

Registration Number / Date:
PAu000611549 / 1984-02-28

Application Title: The Pestilence; Mutant.

Title: Night shadows : screenplay / by Peter Z. Orton and Michael
Jones & John C. Kruize.

Description: 1 v.

Copyright Claimant:
Artists Releasing Corporation

Date of Creation: 1983

Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Other Title: The Pestilence
Mutant

Names: Jones, Michael
Kruize, John
Orton, Peter Z.
Artists Releasing Corporation

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A picture of what the Copyright Notice looks like at the end of the film and the list of Copyright Registrations are attached. Thank you for any light you can shed on this film.

Attachment: Mutant_-_Night_Shadows__C__Notice.png
Attachment: Night_Shadows.txt

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 13, 2011 2:11pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night Shadows A.K.A. Mutant

The copyright notice you've shown is enough to disqualify this film from public domain. It should be taken down. Because from what I understand a work doesn't need to be registered for a copyright notice to be valid, but it is benificial to the copyright holder to do so. The only thing that is needed to make a work copyright is a notice containing the word "copyright" or the copyrirght symbol (the notice shown has both), the year (this notice shows the year in Roman numerals), and the name of the copyright holder, be it the name of an individual or a production company, which this notice shows. So this is a copyrighted work because the notice is valid.
Too bad, I did like this one.

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Poster: derkman96 Date: Jun 13, 2011 3:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night Shadows A.K.A. Mutant

Yeah, I really like this movie too. I might have to get it on DVD now. But thanks, I wasn't sure about whether or not it had to have a registration and things... so thanks. I'll post a remove request.

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Poster: cubist1234 Date: Jul 4, 2011 3:18pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Night Shadows A.K.A. Mutant

I do have this on a Mill Creek Entertainment DVD set known as PURE TERROR, as well as DVDs from Elite and Genius Products. Not that it is proof of public domain status, but Mill Creek's 50 movie sets, as well as the other two companies' DVDs, are generally composed of public domain films. At the same time the film was released, its distributor, Film Ventures International, went bankrupt and the owner of the company took a million dollars and fled the country to avoid prosecution. I saw this years ago on the Movie Channel, maybe around 1986!

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